A Colorful Morning at the Sunday Bac Ha Market in Northeastern Vietnam; Southeast Asia

A Colorful Morning at the Sunday Bac Ha Market in Northeastern Vietnam; Southeast Asia

A Colorful Morning at the Sunday Bac Ha Market in Northeastern Vietnam; Southeast Asia


I spent the better part of last year on a photographic journey through Southeast Asia. My wanderlust took me to Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia. It was a visual feast of monks clothed in saffron robes, the brights lights of the Singapore skyline, the golden spires of Buddhist temples, the stunning temples of Angkor Wat and the many colorful markets.

One of the reasons Southeast Asia attracts so many photographers are the many colorful minority ethnic markets such as the Bac Ha Sunday Market, located in Northeastern Vietnam.

Every Sunday, Bac Ha hosts the largest and most colorful market in the area and attracts villagers from the surrounding hill tribes such as the Flower H'mong, Phu La, Dzao, Tay and Nung minorities where they gather to buy and sell local products.

For photographers it is a circus of wild colors to witness all these ethnic minorities in their colorful, traditional clothing.

I spent two nights in Bac Ha to get a predawn start before the throngs of bus tour groups from Sapa showed up. I photographed these two women from the Flower H’mong hill tribe in a candid moment.

Check back for more of my adventures in Vietnam!

Happy Travels!

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Taken on: 6th May, 2012. Copyright: All Rights Reserved - See Sam Antonio Photography's page of Flickr

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